DailyDirt: Growing Food2.0
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The world’s population recently exceeded 7 billion, so maybe it’s time to start thinking about new methods to grow food in sustainable ways. Farming techniques are already pretty advanced (compared to just a few decades ago), but there’s always room for improvement. Here are some examples of food technology that could help keep food availability at a comfortable level before we have to resort to Soylent Green.
- It probably shouldn’t be too surprising that artificial meat grown in a lab has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of the livestock industry. Getting people to eat cultured meat might be a bit difficult, though. [url]
- The company Shelf Reliance sells freeze-dried food that can last indefinitely — so you can survive underground while the zombies roam the surface of the Earth. Based on taste tests: stick to the freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. [url]
- A shrimp production facility in Texas can grow record-setting amounts of shrimp using an indoor system of recirculating water. This technology also avoids the use of antibiotics and could make US shrimp production competitive with shrimp farms in countries like Thailand, India and Vietnam. [url]
- Growing vegetables on thin films of hydrogel polymers is a reality, producing commercially sold tomatoes. These thin film farming techniques also seem to work with melons, cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce and paprika. [url]
- To discover more food-related links, check out what’s floating around in StumbleUpon. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.